Syria

October 19, 2014

Some sources claim that over 1,000 Jordanians are currently fighting alongside IS in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT

Hard-line Jordanian Salafists Omar Mahdi Zeidan and Saad Hneity have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria.

Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State extremists in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT

Kurdish forces reportedly recaptured parts of Kobani, the strategically important Syrian border town, over the weekend.

Four banks were also listed as being owned or controlled by the Syrian government and sanctioned.
12:08 GMT

he United States blacklisted Lebanese company DK Group for arranging to ship Syrian pound banknotes from Russia to the Syrian central bank, an allegation strongly denied by the company’s general manager.

An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT

Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.

A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies over Kobani on Oct. 18. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
09:35 GMT

Observers said seven civilians were killed at a Konoco gas factory in Der-Ezzor province, and three were killed in similar strikes on oil fields in the countryside around Shadadi.

Haditha, home to a strategic dam, has been under assault for months, Iraqi forces say.
08:28 GMT

By controlling Hīt, ISIS has effectively severed the main road linking Haditha to Ramadi. Supplies have been cut off completely from Haditha, with local officials warning foodstuffs could run out soon.

October 18, 2014

Over 1.1 million Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Lebanon (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Lebanon has sharply cut the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their homeland by refusing to let them in.

Between September 16 and midnight on Wednesday a total of 662 people were killed in ground fighting. (File/AFP)
18:54 GMT

Ground fighting alone has killed more than 600 combatants since Islamic State group militants launched an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane a month ago, a monitoring group said Thursday.

British aid worker Alan Henning was beheaded by IS militants while volunteering to help Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

The families of two British aid workers beheaded by the Islamic State have called for "unity" from people of all faiths against the militant group.

Three children were among the dead in eight air raids across a Damascus suburb (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

Syrian regime airstrikes on a suburb of Damascus Friday killed 15 people, activists and a monitoring group said, as fierce clashes raged on several fronts in the country.

Kurdish demonstrators clash with Turkey's security forces outside a university in Ankara, October 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Kurdish protests across Ankara over Turkey's inaction against the Islamic State in the Syrian border town of Kobani has hit 40.

October 17, 2014

Department of state spokesperson, Jen Psaki, confirmed that a U.S. official met with the PYD during the weekend. (File/AFP)
08:09 GMT

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that a U.S. official met with the Kurdish group whose fighters are battling IS militants in Kobani Thursday.

ISIS executes two of their own (File/AFP)
06:15 GMT

ISIS may have beheaded two of their own

October 16, 2014

Kurdish crowds watch smoke billowing from the Syrian border town of Kobani in the distance, October 15, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT

American officials have warned the Syrian border town of Kobani could fall to the Islamic State despite air strikes and Kurdish resistance.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaking in parliament (Adem Altan/ AFP).
09:41 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday a unilateral intervention in Syria would do more harm than good as he called for an “all inclusive” effort to resolve the crisis.